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K-2 Primary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades K-2.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Author Sarah Richard shares valuable tips to help kindergarten teachers have a successful first day.

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Teacher Gaetan Pappalardo offers elementary educators ideas on how to manage student behavior and needs.



Elementary Financial Literacy: Lesson Ideas and Resources

Guest blogger Brian Page, a high school economics teacher, presents three resources for teaching financial literacy to elementary students, including websites by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability and financier Warren Buffett.

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Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez revisits the famous Stanford marshmallow experiment to consider the value of teaching children patience and self-regulation, and how these character-building skills will benefit them later in life.

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5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.

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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, suggest that exercise has physiological and developmental benefits for children's brains and offer ideas for putting a new spin on active learning.

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Preschoolers in the Digital Sandbox

Assistive tech specialist and guest blogger Tara Jeffs believes that age-appropriate edtech can help preschool learners reach their potential - if these tools are presented in ways that inspire initiative and creativity.

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10 Apps for Math Fluency

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns reviews ten apps, many available for both iOS and Android, that encourage math fluency by engaging elementary students with games to amuse as well as teach.

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A Global View: The Adventure of Kid-Friendly Foreign Films

Guest blogger Homa Tavangar suggests six kid-friendly foreign films which, when combined with the active viewing method, can entertain children while teaching them about different cultures and the things that we all have in common.

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Coding for Kids Revisited

Learn about six new or improved resources designed especially to help elementary school students learn and develop coding skills.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation

Filmmaker Randy Taran returns with the second blog in her Elementary School SEL series, this time examining the power of appreciation.

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Building Math Positivity

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis offers these brain-based tips for helping kids master math.

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K-5 iPad Apps for Applying (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Part 3)

An elementary library media specialist reviews apps along the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Apps for Applying are reviewed in this third post of a six-part series.

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ELA Common Core Resources for Elementary Educators

How will the Common Core shift English-language arts and reading in elementary schools? Blogger Matt Davis rounds up the best resources to help parents and educators understand and implement Common Core ELA in elementary school.

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Students Get a Wired Education

Elementary Students Get a Wired Education

Computers and multimedia are seamlessly woven into the curriculum at technology-rich Mary Scroggs Elementary School.

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A New Understanding of the Digital Divide

The digital divide is no longer an issue of access. Instead, there is a widening gap between those who use technology to be entertained and those who are empowered by it.

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